NEW YORK, April 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Independent family distiller William Grant & Sons has been presented with the Director's Award at the highly regarded 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The competition's esteemed judging panel, led by Executive Director Anthony Dias Blue, has recognized William Grant & Sons for their extensive, super premium quality spirits portfolio, further solidifying the company's reputation as one of the most pioneering distillers in the spirits industry.
The San Francisco World Spirits competition is the first comprehensive international spirits competition to be held in the United States and counts some of the most respected names in the industry among its judges. At this year's competition, the William Grant & Sons portfolio swept the board, winning the coveted Director's Award as well as 10 Double Gold Medals, awarded for The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Tun 1401 Batch 3, The Balvenie 21 Year Old Portwood, The Balvenie 17 Year Old Peated Cask, The Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel, Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Hendrick's Gin, Milagro Unico Tequila, Stolichnaya Razberi, Stolichnaya Blueberi and Tullamore Dew 10 Year Old Reserve Blend Irish Whiskey. Further, the pioneering distiller received 6 Gold Medals and 20 Silver Medals across its unparalleled portfolio.
"Receiving the Director's Award at this year's San Francisco World Spirits Competition is an incredible honor for our organization on all levels," said Simon Hunt, President and Managing Director – North America, William Grant & Sons. "At William Grant & Sons, we pride ourselves on the quality in every bottle of our super premium spirits. Recognition such as this, where our portfolio continues to prove itself among the industry's most reputable judges and spirits experts, well, it is very humbling and very appreciated."
The impressive haul of awards continues a very successful year for William Grant & Sons. In addition to the company's recent spate of awards at New York's Ultimate Spirits Competition, William Grant & Sons has been named "Distiller of the Year" at the International Spirits Challenge and International Wine & Spirits Competition an unprecedented nine times in the past 12 years.
The full list of William Grant & Sons' awards at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition is included below. For more information on William Grant & Sons, please visit www.grantusa.com.
2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Results
Art In The Age Silver Medal, Art in the Age Root Liqueur
The Balvenie Double Gold Medal, The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Tun 1401, Batch 3 Double Gold Medal, The Balvenie 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Portwood Double Gold Medal, The Balvenie 17 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Peated Cask Double Gold Medal, The Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Single Barrel Gold Medal, The Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Double, Single Barrel Silver Medal, The Balvenie 14 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, Caribbean Cask
BOLS Gold Medal, Bols Creme de White Cacao Silver Medal, Bols Creme de Dark Cacao Silver Medal, Bols Peach Brandy Bronze Medal, Bols Creme de Cassis
Gibson's Finest Bronze Medal, Gibson's Finest Sterling Edition Canadian Whisky
Glenfiddich Double Gold Medal, Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch, Cask of Dreams Gold Medal, Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Gold Medal, Glenfiddich 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Silver Medal, Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Silver Medal, Glenfiddich 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
About William Grant & Sons William Grant & Sons, Ltd. is an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the luxury spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distills some of the world's leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world's most awarded single malt Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts and the world's fourth largest blended Scotch Grant's® as well as other iconic spirits brands such as Hendrick's® Gin, Sailor Jerry® Rum, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and the award-winning Milagro® Tequila.
Among the most recent accolades for the well-awarded company, William Grant & Sons was honored as the "Distiller of the Year" by the International Wine & Spirit Competition for the second year running and the fourth time since 1999. When counted along with the same designation from the International Spirits Challenge, William Grant & Sons has received this title an unprecedented nine times in the past 12 years.
Founded in 1964, William Grant & Sons USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of William Grant & Sons, Ltd. and features one of the fastest growing spirits portfolios in the USA with brands including Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Hendrick's Gin, Sailor Jerry Rum, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, Milagro Tequila, Stolichnaya Vodka, Grant's, Hudson Whiskey, Gibson's Finest, Monkey Shoulder, Clan MacGregor, Reyka Vodka, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Lillet, Licor 43, Art In The Age, The Knot and BOLS cordials. The company has offices in New York City (sales and marketing) and Edison, NJ (bottling and warehouse facilities). For more information on the company and its brands, please visit www.grantusa.com.